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Countdown to kickoff: Barca at Sounders, 7:30

It's gameday. For those of you planning to watch from home: Barcelona-at-Sounders kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

For those of you going: The Sounders are reminding that 67,000 soccer fans will be heading into downtown Seattle just as who-knows-how-many downtown workers are heading out. So they recommend that you plan to arrive early. And they're opening the gates two hours before kickoff for those of you who do.

Here's my story from today's paper looking at whey these crowds of 60, 70, 80, and even 90,000 American soccer fans are turning out for international friendlies, while MLS is averaging 15,000 for it's regular season games.

Here's a really nice John McGrath column on what makes Barcelona special on and off the pitch.